Second in a regular series of looks at what folk at BOM are reading for work and pleasure, taking in the fellows, the residencies and the volunteers. From the heavyweight to the frivolous, you’re sure to find something to elucidate and delight.
My last proper bit of reading was Capturing The Light, Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport’s book about Daguerre, but it took me a year to get through it!
- In The Blink Of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing – Murch, Walter
- Soundscapes Of Urban Past (Sound Studies) – Bijsterveld, Karin
- Sound and Safe: A History of Listening Behind the Wheel – Bijsterveld, Karin
- ASMR: A Scientific, Social, and Cultural Phenomenon – NY2 Rome, Justin
- Idiot’s Guides: Asmr – Young, Julie
- Retrofitting Blade Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” and Philip K. Dick’s “Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep?” – Kerma Judith
- Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room – Dyer, Geoff
I’ve mostly been doing academic writing for the last few months, so here are a few open access references from the last piece (describing how my Colony project makes use of objects, experiences, participation and conversation for forms of knowledge production):
- Bleeker, J. (2009) Design Fiction: A short essay on design, science, fact and fiction. (PDF)
- Garrett, B. (2015, August 4) The privatisation of cities’ public spaces is escalating. It is time to take a stand. The Guardian.
- Hendren, S. (2014, May 16) Knitting bones with fact and fiction: A conversation with Design Culture Lab’s Anne Galloway.
- Whyte, W.H. (2009) City: rediscovering the center, University of Pennsylvania Press.
For pleasure, I recently took myself off for a few days’ camping near the Forest of Dean, accompanied by Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust and a headtorch.
The most relevant-to-BOM thing to come past my eyes this week has probably been The Cybertwee Manifesto via a piece on Vice with the subtitle “If cyberpunk had a cute kid sister that was secretly better at coding, cybertwee would be it.”
Digital Art, or whatever the hell we’re calling it this year, has a tendency to blokishness, and most of the people I follow for inspiration are men. It’s not ideal, and this was a welcome tap on the shoulder, along with a nice new way to frame my work.
Clicking the links took me to an oral history of VNS Matrix, the 90s cyber-feminist collective. I feel the need to dig further.
I’ve been trying (and failing) to finish Steven Levy’s Hackers: Hero’s of the Computer Revolution since we opened. (Usually end up in a slump searching ebay for racking, or pouring over artists G4A’s instead…)